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Firefighter dream achieved

Firefighter dream achieved

After wrapping up her shift each day at Publix, Navarre native Rachel Provoznik, 19, would run the length of the Navarre Beach multiuse path, sometimes starting off as late as 10:30 p.m. She was a woman on a mission.     Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

When James Wirth, Sr., visited the Navarre Beach fire station back in the 1980s, he was greeted by a two-bay garage and no one home. Inside, the truck meant to be the island’s fire engine would not start. Neither would the boat meant for water rescues.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 […]

Navarre Beach rescuers to get lifesaving CPR device

Navarre Beach rescuers to get lifesaving CPR device

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue announced Friday it will be able to purchase a new piece of lifesaving equipment thanks to a grant from the Florida Department of Health. The grant will be used to purchase a LUCAS Chest Compression System.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Lifeguards ready for new season

Lifeguards ready for new season

Navarre Beach’s new crop of lifeguards have already been presented with a challenge from their new supervisor: no drownings. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh threw down the challenge for their first season but promised to support the guards to achieve it. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre Beach Fire welcomes new ladder truck

Navarre Beach Fire welcomes new ladder truck

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue welcomed their new ladder truck with a traditional push-in ceremony Saturday. The ceremony included wetting down the truck with water from the old tanks, and it was then hand polished by Chief Danny Fureigh, his wife Shannon and the Navarre Beach firefighters. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue (NBFR) could become its own entity, not under Santa Rosa County, as the department leaders are actively exploring becoming a special fire district. The idea was initially presented to the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) in February by Chief Danny Fureigh. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 […]

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

While veterans with 100 percent disability are exempt from property taxes under Florida law, those living along Navarre Beach will no longer get a free pass when it comes to fire protection. The change could cost these veterans $500 a year under the recently approved increase in the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) for Navarre […]

Firefighters riding with angel Mason

Firefighters riding with angel Mason

Navarre Beach firefighters were riding with an angel last week. The firefighters were escorted in spirit by Mason Sturms, a 4-year-old from Jacksonville. Mason died suddenly from meningitis Sept. 6, but since then he has made a huge impact, said father Ralph Sturms. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Firefighters cheer arrival of new lifesaving tools

Firefighters cheer arrival of new lifesaving tools

Patrons of Firehouse Subs are often asked, “Do you want to round up to support local first responders?” Every time someone opts to round up the tab, the extra change goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, as does a portion of every sale made at the restaurant franchise. Read the full article in […]

Man drowns near Opal Beach

Man drowns near Opal Beach

An approximately 30 year old man died while swimming near Opal Beach Sunday evening. The call came in at around 5:20 p.m. Sunday evening. According to a release issued by Navarre Beach Fire and Rescue Department Chief Danny Fureigh, his department responded to the first parking lot on the eastern end of Gulf Islands National […]

New mattresses donated to Navarre Beach fire station

New mattresses donated to Navarre Beach fire station

Navarre Beach Fire Captain Corey Mayhew, firefighter Jason Mohamed, Fire Chief Danny Fureigh and firefighter Jack Naquin accepted three new Tempur-Pedic mattresses July 10 from Thane Taylor and Steve Branham, co-owners of The Sleep Center Superstore in Pensacola. The Sleep Center and Rotary Clubs in Northwest Florida partnered to donate more than $20,000 in mattresses […]

Firefighters recognized for early-morning water rescue

Firefighters recognized for early-morning water rescue

Firefighter Grant Winterberry, firefighter Chris Jines and Capt. Sean Hughes received special recognitions from Fire Chief Danny Fureigh and the Navarre Beach Fire Commissioners July 11 for their work to rescue a man and his young daughter on Navarre Beach in the morning before lifeguards had arrived for duty. On June 18 the victims were […]

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Firefighters from multiple districts responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon at 7634 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. At roughly 3:20 p.m., vacationer R.J. Clarkston noticed smoke coming from a house a few lots down from his vacation rental. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards on Navarre Beach are surveying the waters later into the day and farther along the beach. Since June 4, the lifeguards have been staying on the beach until 6 p.m. Previously, lifeguards were on the beach until only 5 p.m. each day during the late spring, summer and fall. Read the full article in […]

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

The numbers are in, and Navarre Beach Fire Department annual funding needs far exceed their initial increase request by $313,687, according to a study by Government Services Group Inc (GSG). The department in February had requested that the Board of County Commissioners approve a $109,000 increase, split between the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates […]

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

  On the evening of March 24, Navarre Beach firefighters were called to Tower 3 for multiple distressed swimmers, including children, caught in a rip current. Local military retiree Michael Robidoux entered the water to save the children. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Fire department considers breaking with county

Fire department considers breaking with county

Amid frustrations over taxation, the Navarre Beach Fire Department is considering moving out from under the county’s supervision altogether. Tensions between the Santa Rosa County Commission and the fire department’s board of directors, along with Chief Danny Fureigh, began Feb. 8 after the commission largely blocked a request to increase the municipal service benefit unit […]

Navarre Beach Fire rates still up in the air

Navarre Beach Fire rates still up in the air

Navarre Beach Volunteer Fire Department has gotten the go-ahead on its request to increase the residential municipal service benefit unit (MSBU) on the beach by $50, but a proposed commercial increase has hit a wall. The Board of County Commissioners voted Feb. 8 to move forward with increasing the MSBU rate for residential properties, but […]